Great Lies in American History

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Just a little thought experiment.

Let’s rank these events in order of what was most damaging to the country.

Here’s a list in historical order.

  1. Nixon’s Watergate cover-up
  2. Reagan sold arms to Iran to fund a secret war in South America
  3. Bush I promised no new taxes and then raised taxes after he was elected
  4. Bill Clinton lied about an affair with an intern
  5. Cheney outed a CIA agent in retaliation for a NYTimes op-ed authored by her husband
  6. Bush II invaded Iraq on false pretenses
  7. Obama promised you could keep your doctor under Obamacare
  8. Hillary Clinton lied about permitted use of her email server

Here’s my ranking

  1. Bush II invaded Iraq on false pretenses
  2. Nixon’s Watergate cover-up
  3. Reagan sold arms to Iran to fund a secret war in South America
  4. Cheney outed a CIA agent in retaliation for a NYTimes op-ed authored by her husband
  5. Bush I promised no new taxes and then raised taxes after he was elected
  6. Bill Clinton lied about an affair with an intern
  7. Obama promised you could keep your doctor under Obamacare
  8. Hillary Clinton lied about permitted use of her email server

What’s your ranking?

2 Responses to “Great Lies in American History”

  1. Keith says:

    I’m interested to know Why you included Bush 1 raising taxes .
    Interesting.

  2. Jeff Beamsley says:

    He ran on a “no new taxes” pledge.

    If he had run on a “raise taxes to repair the damage that Reagan had done” pledge, Dukakis might have had more of a chance since Dukakis was saying taxes did need to go up to deal with the massive debt that Reagan left behind.

    As it was, Bush was running on a “third term for Reagan” platform.

    Without this pledge to hold firm on taxes, he would have had to run on the strength of his own qualifications which would have made it a different race.

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